The Leafs lost 5-4 in overtime to the New York Rangers on Saturday night. This loss snapped the Leafs’ six game winning streak which was their longest winning streak since 2017. The Leafs’ offence stayed hot as this was the 7th consecutive game that the Leafs had scored a minimum of four goals. With a point in overtime, the Leafs extend their point streak to seven games and own a record of 8-1-1 over their last 10 games.

Andersen Cooling Off

Frederik Andersen had been playing sensational in the month of November and first half of December. However, his performances have significantly declined the past couple of games as Andersen has given up 11 goals in his past two starts. Andersen has allowed 5+ goals in back-to-back starts for the first time this season. He has also posted a save percentage under .870 in his last three games. Fatigue may be setting in for the 30-year-old Danish goaltender as he has played the most minutes of all NHL goalies this season.

Matthews’ Breakout Season

Auston Matthews led the Leafs with two goals and three points on Saturday night including the game-tying goal which sent the game to overtime and extended the Leafs’ point streak to seven games. Matthews now has seven multi-goal games this season and three 3-point games this season. He is on pace to finish the season with a career-high 53 goals and a career-high 94 points.

New Season, Same Defensive Struggles

Although the Leafs’ offence has been explosive this season, the team defence has struggled mightily in the first half of the season. The Leafs have surrendered 14 goals in their last three games and have given up 129 goals this season which is tied for third worst in the NHL. With defenseman Jake Muzzin set to miss at least a few weeks with a broken foot, the Leafs really need to tighten up in their own zone. If not, Leafs’ general manger Kyle Dubas may want to think about upgrading the backend sooner rather than later.

The Leafs have a few days off and will play their final game of 2019 on Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild. The Leafs will attempt to extend their point streak to eight games and carry the streak over into 2020.